I finally finished this cross stitch project last night. It felt so good to have it finished. I still like it just as much as when I bought the leaflet 16 or so years ago. At first I thought it had only been 15 years, but I know I started this when I was in high school and graduation day for me was 16 years ago. Over the past 16 years I have started and completed many other cross stitch projects, as well as many afghans, quilts, and clothing projects, but they have mostly been for other people. The projects I make just for me, like this dragon, usually get put aside or stored away. I know I hadn't worked on this particular project in over 6 years, because I don't remember working on it in the house we live in now and we have lived here for 6 years. But now this one is finnally finished. YAHOO!!!
What made me get it back out again was my daughter. We were walking around the Hobby Hobby, and she wanted to buy some DMC floss to make a friendship bracelet. Above the floss were little kits for begginner cross stitchers. She asked me if I would buy her one because she wanted to learn how to do it. I told her no, because I didn't think she would finish it, but she begged and pleaded and promised that she would. So I decided to go ahead and get it, after all it was only $2.00, and who was I to critizise her about not finishing it when I myself had three at home not finished.When we got home, she said I should get out something to cross stitch while I helped her, so we went looking through my nightstand where I keep my projects and saw The Castle. I noticed it was almost finished. All it needed was outlining on the dragon's wings and lower body. So I decided I would work on it till it was done. It only took me a couple hours. I don't know why I didn't finish it early. But it is finished now and I am so thrilled. I just need to get it framed so I can put it on display and enjoy it. :)